Have you ever experienced mold growth in your home? This potentially harmful fungus often appears in homes after storm and water damage has occurred. However, there is a myriad of other factors that can lead to mold growth and exacerbate the conditions in which mold thrives. Keep reading to learn more about what causes mold growth and how you can prevent it, and remember, if you find mold on your property, you can always call our licensed professionals at FP Property Restoration for mold inspection, testing, and remediation.
5 Common Causes of Mold Growth
- Excessive Humidity: There are always going to be some mold spores in the air, so it is your job as a homeowner to reduce conditions that lead to mold growth and in turn contribute to the overall amount of mold spores in your home. To that end, the number-one thing you can do to reduce mold spores is to reduce humidity. You do not want your air to feel dry, but when there is too much moisture in your home, the air will become humid, and mold will likely begin to grow. We suggest buying a dehumidifier to help control general humidity levels in your home. And of course, you will also want to prevent water from building up on your property. Speaking of which…
- Flooding: Whether from natural disasters like storms or accidents like burst pipes, flooding is an expensive problem for any homeowner to deal with. To make matters worse, flooding often results in lingering issues like mold growth. To make sure your home isn’t at risk for flooding, make sure to seal off your property from the elements as much as possible, so no water accidentally seeps in, and schedule regular inspections of your plumbing system.
- Leaks: While a sudden deluge of water is a great way to end up with a mold problem, even small amounts of water, in combination with humid temperatures, are likely to lead to mold growth over time. That’s why it is particularly important to watch out for leaks in the bathroom and the kitchen, as these are the two areas in your house where leaks are most likely to occur, and therefore, where leaks are most likely to lead to mold.
- Food Sources: Obviously, mold does grow on human food, but for the purposes of this list, we’re talking about the food sources mold needs to reproduce and survive. Outdoors, the food sources for mold are virtually endless, as any area where there is vegetation and the right level of humidity is an area where you may find mold. In your house, mold may feed off materials such as wood, cardboard, paper, dust, dirt, and even insulation and fabric. While you cannot remove these factors from your home entirely, you can monitor them, and most critically, clean them. Mold thrives in dirty, damp areas, so the cleaner your home is, the less likely it is for mold to accumulate.
- Darkness: Want to make sure something doesn’t get mold on it? Put it in direct sunlight. The sun’s ultraviolet rays destroy mold’s cellular structure, which is why some the most common places to find mold are dank, dark areas like basements. Obviously, there are parts of your home that never get any sun, but you should still do what you can to air your house out occasionally, opening a window to exchange that must for fresh sunlight.